Pune Faces Surge in ‘JN.1’ Omicron COVID Subtype, Residents Urged to Take Preventive Measures

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Pune, 13th January 2024: As the ‘JN.1’ subtype of the Omicron variant gains momentum in Pune, residents are advised to remain vigilant and adopt preventive measures to curb the spread. Medical experts emphasize the importance of avoiding crowded places, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing to mitigate the risk of infection.

‘JN.1,’ the latest subtype of the Omicron variant, has superseded the ‘XBB’ variant and is rapidly spreading throughout the state. Fortunately, this new variant is characterized by milder symptoms, with a minimal number of patients requiring hospitalization despite the rapid increase in infections.

In the state, 250 patients have been diagnosed with the ‘JN.1’ virus, with Pune district reporting the highest number of cases at 150. Dr. Rajesh Karyakarte, the state coordinator of Genome Sequencing, highlighted the growing prevalence of the virus but reassured the public that most patients exhibit mild symptoms.

Distribution of ‘JN.1’ Cases:

– Pune: 150
– Nagpur: 30
– Mumbai: 22
– Solapur: 9

Dr. Karyakarte stated, “The genetic sequencing conducted thus far indicates an uptick in ‘JN.1’ infections. Fortunately, patients are presenting with mild symptoms, underscoring the importance of continued vigilance and adherence to preventive measures.”